Ginetta Junior scholarship winner Alisha Palmowski will race with Preptech UK for her maiden car racing season in 2022.
Palmowski beat out more than 60 other young drivers to win the 2022 Ginetta Junior scholarship and secured her place on the grid for the upcoming season.
She became the second female driver to win the award after Jamie Chadwick took the crown for the 2013 season.
Having tested with the team in the lead up to the Scholarship shoot-out, Palmowski has chosen to race with Preptech UK for the 2022 Ginetta Junior Championship.
“I feel really privileged to be in the position of being the 2022 Ginetta Junior Scholar and equally to be able to choose a team to work with,” she said.
“After reviewing the options with my parents, we are delighted to be selecting Preptech UK as the team I will join for 2022.
“I originally met Oliver [Barnard, team principal] from Preptech during the 2021 Scholarship and we kept in touch. I later had a test day with them in the week leading up to this year’s scholarship and the environment they provided was perfect for me. They were able to quickly help me build confidence, so that I was able to get the best out of both myself and the car with limited previous running. This I felt gave a good insight into how the team works.
“I am now raring to go for next year. We are in the process of establishing a testing plan with the team so we can start the 2022 season as competitively as possible.”
Preptech joined the Ginetta Junior grid in 2020, running James Higgins for a handful of rounds before his and the team’s rookie season in 2021.
Higgins was joined by Fergus Chalmers at the team in 2021. Both drivers took rookie class podiums and strong results in the overall class, ending with a season best of P4 and P6 respectively.
The team is looking forward to heading into its sophomore year in the series with Palmowski.
“We first saw Alisha drive a Ginetta Junior during the 2021 Scholarship and immediately it became clear to us as a team that Alisha was a driver with genuine talent, but also one we could really enjoy working with to make her transition from karting to cars as successful as possible,” said team boss Oliver Barnard.
“Obviously as a team we are delighted to be chosen by the scholarship winner, and it further establishes our long term commitment to the championship. Even with the limited time we have spent with Alisha, we can see the work ethic and commitment to her racing. She is a fantastic asset to our team for 2022 and we will be working hard to maximise this opportunity.”
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